elegiac stanza

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a quatrain in iambic pentameter with abab rhyme scheme

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No longer the clatter of sandals on the cobbles or the sound of elegiac couplets aimed at a bedroom window, but the late revellers have not gone away, or become quieter over two millennia.
Along with the elegy, which it resembles to a large extent through meter (all thirteen epistles of book 1 are in elegiac couplets, though the six poems of book 2 are in hexameters), length, and content, the epistle was a very popular genre in the first part of the sixteenth century in both Neo-Latin and French vernacular literature.
Leslie Hewitt's "Replica of a Lost Original" is like a sonnet written in elegiac couplets, endlessly rhyming ephemera suspended in time.